Can I Sue a Manufacturer for a Defective Product?

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You may trust that your purchased product will do no more or less than serve its promised purpose. But what you may not expect is for the product to contain a defect that drives you to serious injuries or damages. You may have no choice but to blame such a defect on the product’s manufacturer. Continue reading to learn what conditions allow you to sue a manufacturer and how an experienced St. Mary’s County defective product lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can help you correctly assign fault.

What conditions allow me to sue a manufacturer for a defective product?

Generally speaking, you may sue a manufacturer for a defective product if they exhibited a pattern of negligent behavior. That is, manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that they follow the product’s blueprints, established by designers, so that it may be safe for consumer use. So when they divert from these blueprints for the sake of saving time, saving money, or otherwise, this may be considered a form of negligence. And with this form of negligence, a defective product may result.

When placing a legal action against a product manufacturer, you must also produce a sufficient amount of evidence that points to their negligence. This evidence must point to the following conditions as true:

  1. A product manufacturer did not abide by the blueprints set forth by the product designer.
    • Or, a product manager did not point out reasonably foreseeable errors in the blueprints set forth by the product designer.
  2. A product manufacturer knew that a defect existed once the product was made.
    • Or, a product manufacturer should have reasonably known that a defect existed once the product was made.
  3. A product manufacturer did not correct the defect before the product was distributed to consumers.
    • Or, a product manufacturer did not warn that a defect existed within the product once it was distributed to consumers.
  4. You received serious injuries and damages when using the defective product.

What is the statute of limitations for this injury claim?

As for all personal injury claims, a defective product claim holds a statute of limitations of three years. Meaning, if you wish to sue in the state of Maryland, you may only have three years from the date on which your accident occurred to do so.

There may be extenuating circumstances surrounding your case that extend or shorten this timeline. But typically, after three years, you may be considered permanently ineligible from suing. What’s more, you may permanently miss out on your opportunity to hold the manufacturer accountable for their negligent actions.

You must make valiant efforts towards kickstarting your personal injury claim today. Reach out to a skilled Leonardtown personal injury lawyer from The Dorsey Law Firm to learn how to get started.